Blog Tour Author Interview: Renegade Skyfarer, by R.J. Metcalf

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Hey, readers! I’m delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for Renegade Skyfarer, by R.J. Metcalf. The first book in a new steampunk fantasy series, this story is full of magic, dragons, and sky pirates, so if that sounds appealing to you, definitely check this out!

Renegade Skyfarer, by R.J. Metcalf

Renegade Skyfarer by R.J. Metcalf

Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 30, 2018

Series: Stones of Terrene, #1

Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy

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Purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble

The airship crew saved Ben’s life from a dragon, of all things.

When Ben wakes up, he has no memory of his family, his home, or how he got to this strange world. All he knows is what his new crew members tell him: the magical Barrier that protects their land is weakening. Unless they find the artifact that can repair it, all of Terrene will be destroyed and enslaved by the enemies beyond.

But when Ben suspects that danger may lurk closer than dragons or sky pirates, he has to decide: stay and fight with the airship crew, or focus on regaining his lost memory? If he leaves, he risks losing his newfound friends–but if he stays, he might never return home.

Welcome to Terrene–where dragons exist, the past haunts, and magic is no myth.

Welcome aboard the Sapphire.

Keep on reading for my interview with the author, and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a giveaway of the book!

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2018 Bookish Goals: Mid-Year Update

2018 Bookish Goals: mid-year update

This year is going by so quickly! As the middle of the year passes us by, I wanted to revisit the top five bookish goals I set for myself in 2018.

Although I’ve been actively working on all the goals I set, I haven’t taken the time yet to sit down and evaluate where I’m at. And the six month in mark seemed to be the perfect pause point to do so.

Let’s jump right in!

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8 Great Books That Have Gone Under the Radar

8 great books that have gone under the radar

As exciting as it can be to get on the hype train of newly released books or even get my hands on an advance copy, sometimes I’m just in the mood to discover a book that hasn’t been touted everywhere yet. So today I want to talk about 8 great books that have flown under the radar.

The qualifications I used to pick these were as follows: books published prior to 2018; books that currently have approximately 500 ratings or less on Goodreads; and all were books I read and rated at least a four out of five. I really enjoyed each of these and think they all deserve more attention!

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June Reading Wrap Up

June 2018 Reading Wrap UpAh, June. It finally started warming up this month to feel like spring around here. Along with that, the craziness of May wound down and I was able to take time for myself and for reading. All in all, a great month!

Although every book I’ve reviewed this month was a review copy, I really enjoyed most of them, giving the majority a four out of five mugs. I also listened to two audiobooks this month just for fun and those reviews will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

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5 Hot Books to Read This Summer

5 hot books to read this summer

I don’t know about you, but I get excited for summer reading every year! Even when I was younger, I used to bring my school’s summer reading list to Barnes and Noble and proceed to stack them all together instead of picking the two or three that were required.

Summer reading means something different for every reader, though. In the following five selections there are a variety of styles and genres to choose from. Most have been previously published so if you’re a library lover it should be easy to get your hands on them!

Looking for a more comprehensive list of titles to choose from? Check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guides at Modern Mrs. Darcy and Sarah’s Book Shelves for even more options!

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May Reading Wrap Up

May 2018 Reading Wrap UpMay is always a crazy month in my personal life, with both my wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. There’s also always 17,384 walks, runs, dinners, and other types of fundraisers that I wind up going to. I keep telling my husband to stop being so nice to everyone so they stop inviting us everywhere! He’s an outgoing extrovert who just can’t help himself, though. What’s a wife to do?? Introvert that I am, I schedule in days or nights when I can just be at home and get cozy with a book! So, even amidst all the goings on, I still managed to read quite a few books this month!

I also spent some time this month updating the blog style and graphics. Since first starting this blog, I’ve changed the design a few times, but I think it’s finally at the point where it incorporates all the features I’ve been looking for and will not be changing again anytime soon! This is the first post in the new style, but I’ll be going back and updating older posts to match over the next few weeks. Or maybe months… I hadn’t realized I’ve posted over 200 times so far! What do you think of the new design? Let me know in the comments!

Anyway. I’m ready to talk about the books I read and reviewed this month now, how about you?

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Like This? Try That! Indie Edition #1

Like this? Try that! Indie Edition

For this edition of Like this? Try that! I want to focus on some books that are independently published. To clarify, I am going to be talking about anything that is not published by one of the major publishing companies. So these will run the range from books that are self-published to those published by small presses. Today I have three indie book series to recommend based on popular book series in a range of genres.

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April Reading Recap

April Reading Recap

April was a whirlwind! Between starting out with snowstorms, tons of social obligations, and all the reading, it went by in such a blur I can barely even remember what happened. I did enjoy reading a nice variety of genres, from science fiction and fantasy to contemporary. And I’m still working on finishing IT (*insert sigh here*), but I’m so close to completing it and can’t wait to move on.

Let’s see the list now, shall we?

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Top 10 All-Time Favorite Mysteries

Top 10 all time favorite mysteries

If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you’ll know mystery is one of my favorite genres. Ever since picking up my first Agatha Christie novel some twenty something years ago, the genre had me hooked and keeps me coming back time after time! Although some people think of mysteries as synonymous with detective fiction, I tend to use the classification more loosely to encompass stories that involve getting to the bottom of a puzzle or secret. So, the following list includes a variety of types of mysteries, from the classic whodunit to legal thriller and domestic suspense to psychological thriller.

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March Reading Recap

March Reading Recap

March was a great reading month for me! I read books in a wide variety of genres, from fantasy to contemporary to mystery and more. This month was a bit heavy on review copies for me, but I managed to fit in a few just for fun reads and books I’ve been looking forward to for some time now. Only one five star book this month, but that’s one better than February!

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